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Cognitive Science 1: Getting Started

Mock Grant Proposal: Research Plan Assignment

Your research plan will have 3 sections in which you will answer the following questions. It must cite at least 5 peer reviewed articles in APA 7th format.

  1. What do you intend to do? (A. Specific Aims)
  2. Why is the work important? What has already been done? (B. Background and Significance)
  3. How are you going to do the work? (C. Research Design and Methods)


  • Can Covid induced anosmia lead to changes/loss in gray matter or brain function?
  • How has algorithmic bias in machine learning perpetuated racial inequities in the healthcare system?

Finding Peer Reviewed Articles

Peer review is a quality control measure for research. It is a process in which experts in a field review each other’s work to make sure that it is accurate prior to publication. The databases below allow you to limit search results to only peer reviewed articles.


PsycINFO:  Core database in psychology, from the APA. Great search feature that lets you find empirical research on a topic.

PubMED: Powerful database with research from not just medicine, but also neuroscience, psychology, cognitive science and more.

MIT CogNET: Digital library covering the brain and cognitive sciences. Includes reference works, journals, books and more.

ScienceDirect: Multidisciplinary collection of journals and ebooks with an emphasis on the sciences.

Each of these databases retrieve both primary and secondary research. Primary research is based on data collected by the author (surveys, observations, clinical work, etc.) whereas secondary research synthesizes the work of others, for example literature reviews or systematic reviews.

Cited By: Finding Current Articles

When there are only a few articles on a specific topic, two strategies can help -- looking at the references cited by the articles you did find, and seeing who has cited them. Some databases have a built in "cited by" feature, Google Scholar is also very helpful in locating additional citations.

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Susan Edwards
Social Research Library
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720